Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Health, Human Services and Public Policy


Collaborative Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Stephanie McMurtrie


The MCHD Wellness Program serves all county employees around the Monterey area. Due to the pandemic, employees lack access to the free gym services offered to county employees and may be struggling to find resources to exercise. While working from home, employees are taking less personal time and have fitness routines interrupted due to gyms closing, causing burnout. Therefore, a plan to host a virtual 5k run was created. The virtual 5k was administered over one week and participants could run or walk 3.1 miles at their leisure as long as it was completed in one session. Participants were polled with a survey after completion and the results of this project were that county employees felt happy, more proud of their health and fitness, and some indicated that they would exercise more as a result of the challenge as well. I would recommend the event is run again.